Monday, July 16, 2007

Cheery Cherry

Nothing brightens my hideous '70s counter top like a bowl full of cherry tomatoes. I keep them out there as much for their color as for their delicious sweet snackiness.

Is that a word?

Between My Beloved and me, the whole bowl will be gone by the end of the day but that's just a good excuse to hit the farmer's market for more.

When I first moved to California from Western New York state, I rolled out of bed at 6am on a Saturday morning, having read that Berkeley had a good farmer's market. In Rochester, all the best produce is gone by 7:30am; Western New Yorkers are industrious people.

Anyway, I arrived at the site of the Berkeley market, all primed to be squeezing the peaches next to the likes of Alice Waters, only to find one lone booth with a single guy inside. Tragedy! Had I missed the whole thing by slugging it in bed until late in the morning?

I approached with downcast aspect the lone man in the booth, asking when the market closed. "Closed?" he replied, "Lady, it doesn't even open until 10:00am! Go get a latte and chill!"

My first taste of the California attitude toward life in general. Farmer's markets really are better at 10am after a good cup of coffee. Is it any wonder I love this place? I bought cherry tomatoes that day, too, after I got that latte and chilled.



12 Comments:

Blogger Rev. Biggles said...

Hay,

Hmmm, okay first off be proud of those counter tops. While they are from 30 some odd years ago, it could be worse. A lot worse. Personally, I think they're great and would be darn right proud to have such counters! Why? Mine are circa 1980 faux (plastic) butcher block counters. I'll put in new ones some day, you bet. Feel good that you don't have mines.

Farmer's Markets. Yeah, Berkeley is most certainly a crowd apart. And in one respect it makes sense to get it going at sun up to make the most of the day. But what if relaxing, hanging out and making FOOD your day is what you do? On Saturday, all I do is that market. Oh, and cook what I bought, der.

If you see a 6'2" red bearded Norwegian Axe Murderer, hanging out with all the meat & knife folks, that's me.

Biggles

Monday, July 16, 2007  
Blogger Dagny said...

For those of us who can't even find our way out at 10 a.m., Berkeley also offers a Farmers' Market early Thursday evening. If I remember correctly, the Thursday one is all organic. Oh, and it's held on Shattuck near Rose in North Berkeley.

By the way, I found my way here via Cookiecrumb.

Monday, July 16, 2007  
Blogger BuzzB said...

Zoomie,

What a fun memory!

XO,
MB

Monday, July 16, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Biggles: Young people remark admiringly on my "cool vintage kitchen!" And, it certainly is vintage! Only the fridge is new, in the past month or so, and the house was built in 1978! Even have one of those in-counter blenders, although the attachments were missing when I bought the house...

I'll look for the 6'2"red bearded Norwegian next time I'm at the market.

Dagny: Welcome and thanks to Cookiecrumb for sending you! I have heard about the Thursday market but don't get home from work in SF early enough usually.

BuzzB: You made it fun!

Monday, July 16, 2007  
Blogger Rev. Biggles said...

Yeah, totally hip. During the 70's and the 80's it made me cringe, spew and smash things. But after those decades rolled by and seeing what the future brought? Ya know, those 70's lamps, chairs, counters weren't as bad as I had originally thought. Plus I never really bought in to that whole, CD music thing. I have maybe 4 and the rest is all in records.

Biggles

Monday, July 16, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Biggles: Oh, I see, a retrograde 6'2" red bearded Norwegian Axe Murderer hanging out with the meat & knife folks... :-) I think we're gonna be friends!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007  
Blogger Nanners said...

So nice to see someone else who just started food blogging! (Although you're a great deal more prolific than me :)) Also, fresh tomatoes are the shite!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007  
Blogger Tea said...

Oh but this made me laugh! I think the Berkeley FM is incredibly civilized starting at 10 AM, SF's 8 AM start is always too early for me (and the real go-getters are there by 7:30, hovering). But I think Biggles is right: some people want to get their shopping out of the way before their weekend pleasure activities; for others of us, market shopping IS our weekend pleasure activity.

Either that or we are just lazy gits who like to sleep in.

Nice to find your blog (via your comments to Molly and Cookiecrumb). I'll be back!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Nanners: I hopped over to visit your blog and left a comment. You seem like a bio major - so was I in undergrad! I'd love to hear more about your research. Yes, so far, I find plenty to post about - it's a little scary how addictive this blogging is!

Tea: I'm tickled pink that you enjoyed the piece - I always enjoy yours! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007  
Blogger tammy said...

Snackiness is definitely a word.

Welcome. CookieCrumb sent me.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007  
Blogger Kalyn said...

Hey welcome to the food blog world. I'm your first rss subscriber! (Came from CookieCrumb. Any virtual friend of hers is a friend of mine.)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

tammy, thank you for your reassurance and welcome! That Cookiecrumb is so nice to send over her friends!

kalyn, thanks for visiting - I'll be round to check out your blog soon!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007  

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